William Hudson, who carries on general farming about three and a half miles southeast of Loraine, was born May 5, 1847, in Jefferson County, Tennessee, and is a son of William and Nancy (White) Hudson, who were also natives of the south.  The father died June 2, 1868 and the mother has also passed away.  William Hudson was reared in his native state until the age of twenty-one years and during that time acquired his education in the public schools of Tennessee.

He came to Adams County in 1868, about the time he attained his majority, and settled in Honey Creek township, where he lived until 1870, when he took up his abode in Keene township. He always followed farming in this country and his farm now comprises a quarter section of land about three and a half miles southeast of Loraine.  This he keeps in excellent condition and his labors have wrought a marked transformation in the appearance of the place, which is now equipped with modern accessories and good buildings, while well kept fences divide the farm into fields of convenient size.  In addition to the raising of the cereals best adapted to the soil and climate, he raises some fruits.

On the 8th of October, 1882, occurred the marriage of Mr. Hudson and Miss Mary E. Sterrett, a native of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Moses Sterrett, who is still living in that county.  One child blessed this union, Alma I., who was born Sep. 9, 1883, and was married Aug. 29, 1901, to Martin Sherrick, a farmer of Houston township.

The parents are members of the Methodist church and Mr. Hudson belongs to Loraine Lodge No. 641, I. O. O. F.  His political views accord with the principles of the republican party and he has served as school director but has never been active as an office seeker, preferring to give his attention and concentrate  his energies upon his business affairs, whereby he has earned a comfortable living.

Source: Past and present of the city of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois, p. 543; by William H. Collins, Cicero F. Perry, joint author; John Tillson. History of the city of Quincy, Illinois. [from old catalog]. Chicago, S. J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1905.